we have scheduled in an extra day to accommodate weather or conditions,
we may find ourselves in Zermatt one day early. If this is the case, or
if you simply would like to stay for another day's skiing, there are a
number of options to consider.
our favorite option is the Schwarztor ski descent. This glacier ski route
is a bit like "Vallée Blanche on steroids". We begin
by riding the Klein Matterhorn cablecar to its high 3880 meter summit.
As we exit the lift we traverse the Breithorn Plateau, and round the peak
on the south, Italian, side. Between the Breithorn and neighboring Pollux
we pass through the narrow pass of the Schwarztor and find ourselves on
the wonderful north-facing slopes of the upper Schwarze Glacier. We have
always enjoyed good snow here, winding down through occasionally crevassed
slopes. About 4000 feet lower we drop down onto the giant Gorner Glacier
and finish with an unforgettable roller-coaster of a ride through its
melt water carved canyon of ice and a unique descent of the glacier toe.
to Saas Fee
the classic way to finish the Haute Route, extending the tour into Saas
Fee. This is a long day, including about 6 to 8 hours of skiing. Well
need an early start, good fitness and fine weather for this outing. In
order to do the trip in a single day, we'll ride the combined Gornergrat
railway and cable cars to the top of the Stockhorn at 3405 meters. From
the Stockhorn we ski along the ridge crest east, finally dropping (on
usually wonderful powder) onto the Findel Glacier crossing to the north
at 3100 meters. From here we have a long climb up to the Adler Pass at
3789 meters, tucked between the two 4200 meter summits of the Rimpfischhorn
and the Strahlhorn. This is the start of a wonderful 6500 foot descent
into the town of Saas Fee. We'll warn you now about the brief but unfortunate
skin-up of 80 meters to reach the Britannia Hut and then the ski pistes
of Saas Fee!
of the Cima di Jazzi
We love the ski descent as much as the name. The Jazzi is a 3800 meter summit located on the high ridge that separates the Zermatt and Saas valleys. To reach it, we first ride the lifts to Blauherd, ski down to Gant, then another lift to Hohtäli, above the famous Gornergrat. Another lift and then another descent finally gets us to the summit of the Stockhorn, where we begin our skinning. We ski east, up the spectacularly beautiful ridge to reach the Stockhornpass. From here easy slopes lead up to the summit. The descent is down the northwest face, to the Findel Glacier and then all the way down to Gant. If there is enough snow, we can continue to Zermatt–if not, we'll download on the lift system.
Italy and Cervinia
the Zermatt valley to the north and the Italian town of Cervinia to the
south, complex systems of lifts reach the crest of the Alps and the Swiss-Italian
border, just east of the Matterhorn. Using these lift we can enjoy skiing
in both countries in a single day. A fine day would include a morning
ascent from the Swiss side, skiing the pistes on the south facing Italian
side. At the appropriate time we would ski down into Cervinia for a fine
lunch. Riding the lifts again to the crest we either ski the pistes back
into Zermatt, or for a bit more adventure, ski the off-piste Unter Theodul
Glacier to the Gorner Glacier and finish as per the Schwarztor. Bring